PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The man accused of shooting and killing a 17-year-old boy in Providence last month is now in custody.

Maj. David Lapatin said 24-year-old Samuel Medina turned himself in to police on Thursday.

Court records show Medina was arraigned Friday on murder and multiple weapons charges, including discharge of a firearm when committing a crime of violence- death, carrying a pistol or revolver without a license or permit, and firing in a compact area. No plea was entered.

Medina was wanted in connection with the murder of Darnell Whitford on July 14.

Police said Whitford was walking near the intersection of Dexter and Waldo streets with a friend when a vehicle pulled up beside them.

Medina and at least three others then got out of the vehicle and began arguing with Whitford. Police say it abruptly ended when Medina reportedly shot Whitford in the stomach at close range.

Whitford was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Police previously said the other people with Medina could face murder charges. As of Monday, Medina was the only person in custody for Whitford’s murder, according to Lapatin.

The murder weapon has also still not been recovered.

Medina has a lengthy criminal record. Online court records show Medina was sentenced last year for felony driving to endanger charges and was out on probation at the time of Whitford’s murder.

He’s due back in court for a violation hearing later this month.

Alexandra Leslie ( is a Target 12 investigative reporter covering Providence and more for 12 News. Connect with her on X, formerly known as Twitter and on Facebook.